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NOSFERATU
THE ULTIMATE DVD EDITION

A cornerstone of the horror film, F.W. Murnau's NOSFERATU is triumphantly
reborn in this breathtaking new restoration by the F.W. Murnau Foundation.
Backed by an orchestral performance of Hans Erdmann's 1922 score (recorded
in 5.1 stereo surround), this Kino International edition is derived from a
new high-definition transfer of Murnau's masterpiece, with unprecedented
visual clarity and historical faithfulness to the original release version.
This double-disc collection presents the film with the original German
intertitles as well as with newly-translated Englishintertitles. Accompanying the film is a
52-minute documentary by Luciano Berriatúa which provides a detailed account
of the production and explores the filmmakers' involvement in the occult.

NOSFERATU - Eine Symphonie des Grauens
NOSFERATU, A Symphony of Horror
NOSFERATU: A Symphony of Horror
Germany 1922 94 Min. Color Tinted 1.33:1
Directed by F.W. Murnau Photographed by Fritz Arno Wagner
Screenplay: Henrik Galeen Art Direction: Albin Grau
With Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Alexander Granach, Greta Schroeder
Restored by Luciano Berriatúa
Reconstruction of Hans Erdmann's original 1922 score by Berndt Heller
Performed by the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Berndt Heller
Sound Recording: Saarländischer Rundfunk, Saarbrücken

DVD Special Features:

View the film with newly-translated English intertitles
or the original German intertitles (with optional English subtitles)
 

  • Hans Erdmann's original 1922 score, available
    in 5.1 Stereo Surround or 2.0 Stereo
  • The Language of Shadows, a 52-minute making-of documentary
  • Nosferatu: An Historic Film Meets Digital Restoration, a 3-minute documentary
  • Lengthy excerpts from other films by F.W. Murnau:
    Journey Into the Night (1920), The Haunted Castle (1921),
    Phantom (1922), The Finances of the Grand Duke (1924),
    The Last Laugh (1924), Tartuffe (1925),
    Faust (1926), and Tabu (1931)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Scene Comparison
     
 
A promotional film poster
Directed by F. W. Murnau
Produced by Enrico Dieckmann and Albin Grau
Written by Henrik Galeen
Starring:
Max Schreck
Gustav von Wangenheim
Greta Schröder
Alexander Granach
Ruth Landshoff
Cinematography Fritz Arno Wagner and Günther Krampf
Distributed by Film Arts Guild and Prana-Film
Release date(s): Germany 4 March 1922, USA 3 June 1929
Running time 94 min.
Country: Germany
Language: Silent film, German intertitles

Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens (translated as Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror or simply Nosferatu) is a German Expressionist vampire horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was in essence an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, "vampire" became "Nosferatu" and "Count Dracula" became "Count Orlok").

Plot

Thomas Hutter (Jonathan Harker in Stoker's novel) works at a real estate firm in the fictitious German city of Wisborg. His employer, Knock, sends Hutter to Transylvania to finalize the sale of a house to Count Orlok. Hutter entrusts his loving wife Ellen to his good friend Harding and Harding's sister Ruth, before embarking on his long journey.

Nearing his destination, Hutter stays at an inn, where the locals become frightened by his mere mention of Orlok's name and discourage him from traveling to his castle at night. In his room, Hutter finds a book, The Book of the Vampires, which he peruses before falling asleep.

Max Schreck as Count Orlok in a promotional photo

Late the next day, Hutter is welcomed at the castle by Count Orlok himself. While Hutter has a late dinner, Orlok reads a letter. When Hutter cuts his thumb, Orlok tries to suck the blood out of the wound, but his repulsed guest pulls his hand away. Hutter then falls asleep in the parlor.

He wakes up to an empty castle and notices fresh punctures on his neck, which he attributes to mosquitoes. That night, Orlok signs the documents to purchase the house across from Hutter's own home. Orlok sees Hutter's miniature portrait of his wife and admires her beautiful neck. Reexamining The Book of the Vampires, Hutter starts to suspect that Orlok is Nosferatu, the "Bird of Death" and he opens the door he sees nosferatu just standing there looking at him. He cowers in his room as midnight approaches, but there is no way to bar the door. The door opens by itself and Orlok enters, his true nature finally revealed. At the same time, Ellen sleepwalks and screams for Hutter. She is somehow heard by Orlok, who leaves Hutter untouched.

The next day, Hutter explores the castle. In its crypt, he finds the coffin in which Orlok is resting dormant. Horrified, he dashes back to his room. From the window, he sees Orlok piling up coffins on a coach and climbing into the last one before the coach departs. Hutter escapes the castle through the window, but falls unconscious when he reaches the ground. He is taken to a hospital. When he is sufficiently recovered, Hutter hurries home.

Meanwhile, the coffins are shipped down river on a raft. They are transferred to a schooner, but not before one is opened by the crew. Inside, they find soil and rats.

Under the long-distance influence of Orlok, Knock starts behaving oddly and is confined to a psychiatric ward. Later, Knock steals a newspaper, which tells of an outbreak of an unknown plague spreading down the coast of the Black Sea. Many people are dying, with odd marks on their necks. Knock rejoices.

The sailors on the ship get sick one by one; soon all but the captain and first mate are dead. Suspecting the truth, the first mate goes below to destroy the coffins. However, Orlok awakens and the horrified sailor jumps into the sea. Unaware of his danger, the captain becomes Orlok's latest victim.

When the ship arrives in Wisborg, Orlok leaves unobserved, carrying one of his coffins. (A passage in The Book of the Vampires reveals that the source of a vampire's power is the soil in which he was buried.) He moves into the house he purchased. The next morning, when the ship is inspected, the captain is found dead. After examining the logbook, the doctors assume they are dealing with the plague. The town is stricken with panic.

An iconic scene

Hutter returns home. Ellen reads The Book of Vampires, despite his injunction not to, and learns how to kill a vampire: a woman pure in heart must willingly give her blood to him, so that he loses track of time until the cock's first crowing.

There are many deaths in the town. The residents chase Knock, who has escaped after murdering the warden, mistaking him for a vampire.

Orlok stares from his window at the sleeping Ellen. She opens her window to invite him in, but faints. When Hutter revives her, she sends him to fetch Professor Bulwer. After he leaves, Orlok comes in. He becomes so engrossed drinking her blood, he forgets about the coming day. A rooster crows and Orlok vanishes in a bit of smoke as he tries to flee. Ellen lives just long enough to be embraced by her grief-stricken husband. The last image of the movie is of Orlok's castle in the Carpathian Mountains.

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CastAlexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Max Schreck, Greta Schröder, John Gottowt
DirectorFriedrich Wilhelm (F.W.) Murnau
Genre:  Classics, Drama, Foreign, Horror
Release Date:  March 4, 1922
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
Screen WriterHenrik Galeen
DVD Release Date:  November 20, 2007
Runtime:  94 minutes
Studio:  Kino, Kino International, Kino On Video, Prana-Film, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
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review by . December 17, 2008
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-This review pertains to Kino International's 2-disc Ultimate DVD Edition of Nosferatu-         In 1922, German director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau released his film Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens (in English this title translates to Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror), which not only brought the thirty-three year old director into prominence among Germany's greatest filmmakers, but also gave the world what is perhaps the greatest horror film ever …
Quick Tip by . August 17, 2010
I saw an inferior version years ago. I will definitely watch this Kino version. German expressionism after the Great War was very dark and foreboding, should be no surprise based on their suffering after the war. I will have to do some academic research on this in more detail. From reading the review I am wondering if "Ellen's self-sacrifice and her defeat of Count Orlok lifts the accursed plague from Wisborg forever." Served as a metaphor for Germany's experience of suffering after the war, and …
Quick Tip by . March 28, 2010
posted in Cinema of Silence
The single most important film of the German silent renaissance. F.W. Murnau's eerie, haunting, iconic film is unforgettable. A true classic! This extraordinary Kino Ultimate DVD Edition finally gives the greatest vampire film its due with a glorious restoration including all new color tinting, intertitles, and the original 1922 score.      ):-=
Quick Tip by . August 25, 2009
"Nosferatu" is easily the most iconic and poetic vision of the vampire ever caught on film and remains the signature classic of Murnau's career. A gripping, gorgeous film that has been superbly restored in this excellent Kino 2-disc DVD Edition...
review by . November 18, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Creepy, truly creepy. Max Schreck as Count Orlok is beautifully terrifying. The portrayal is oustanding and truly spooky. This silent film has achieved without any words what most films today can't with all their budget and special effects. The film is excellently made and is one of the best horror films I have seen. Truly haunting.
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